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EXPLORE all the trends – from styling to sell, the importance of art, the latest design trends, the iconic feature wall and many other ideas including what’s the latest out there…. This section will help you dress your home, throw new ideas at you and inspire you to experiment with “tried and tested” guidelines that I’m sure will arm you with the best advice to sell your property and enjoy life.


Wardrobe refresh…

26.08.20

This is your official reminder that it’s time to spring clean!

The month of September is my favorite time to hit reset and give my closet a nice big spring cleaning for the warmer months on the horizon. When friends and family come over, they are always surprised to see how little I keep in my closet. I find that the less I have to choose from, the easier my selection is for my day-to-day choices of getting dressed. But how do you know what to keep and what to toss? Here are a few of my top rules when it comes to cleaning out my closet.

Organize Everything

By grouping together t-shirts, sweaters, dresses and then arranging them by color, you can really get a sense for things you might have too much of. For example you might have 20 white t-shirts but only wear the same 4. Your wardrobe should always be organized by categories. Keep all of your pants together, your tops together, etc… so that you can treat your wardrobe like a shop.

Purge While You Clean

Toss on some sweet tunes and get to tossing anything you haven’t worn in a year. Yes, toss what you haven’t worn in the past year. Why are you holding on to it? If it is something super sentimental that you are holding on for your future offspring then store it away in an attic. Otherwise, make 2 piles {donate or sell} and get rid of anything that doesn’t fit within this criteria: Do I like it? Have I worn it in the past month and why not? Does it need to be repaired? Why am I keeping this? If I am truly on the fence about something I will leave it out on a pull out hanger, or in my bathroom and give myself exactly 1 week to find a way to wear the piece. If I cannot figure it out, then it gets tossed.

Re-Style To Style

Bring in a new floor pillow or stool to your wardrobe or just outside the door, and style the area in which you get dressed to inspire you to create new outfits. I like printing out inspiration and taping it to my closet so that I can try new outfit ideas with pre-existing pieces.

Rid The Anxiety

If cleaning out your closet and getting rid of a ton of wardrobe pieces gives you a lot of anxiety, give it a test run instead. You don’t have to literally throw out everything that you haven’t worn in a year… just hide it under your bed and give yourself a test run with the new closet clean and see how wonderful it feels. I bet you won’t miss the pieces as much as you think you will.

Shop Before You Shop

Having the right boxes, hangers and storage is essential to keeping a clean and tidy wardrobe. Instead of buying a new dress for spring, your next purchase should be containers. Hit up Spotlight or Ikea for over-the-door hooks, shoe organizers, boxes, etc… Basically whatever it takes to get your wardrobe organised. Invest in strong hangers that will give you positive vibes. Four years ago, I finally bit the bullet and purchased all wooden hangers and I still love and use them today. It was the best wardrobe investment ever! If you take pride in every inch of your closet you will want to keep it clean.

For tips on how to store your clothes, have a skim through Vogue’s expert tips

Top Tips for Bidding on Auction Day

25.08.20

Bidding can be exciting but stressful. To help you through it, here are our top bidding tips:

  1. Come to the auction with a positive attitude. Even if you would have preferred not to compete at auction, look on the bright side. Unlike private treaty negotiations, you will know exactly what price your competitors are offering and once the hammer falls, the sale is final
  2. Bring some photo ID. This is required for you to register to bid. Your ID must be issued by a government or financial institution and show your name and address. Examples include a driver’s licence or a council rates notice
  3. Bring your cheque book – you have to sign the contract and pay the deposit immediately after the auction
  4. If you are among several registered bidders, be glad. Take comfort that other people also think this is a great property! If you are the sole registered buyer, don’t assume you’re the only interested buyer. Other buyers might not be able to compete on the day due to delays with finance or their own homes not selling. Their circumstances could change within days!
  5. Arrive with plenty of time to spare. Being rushed will make you more stressed. Go to the registration desk as soon as you arrive to register and receive your bidder’s card. If you like, you can pre-register with us before auction day
  6. The auctioneer is entitled to make one bid on behalf of the seller. This is called a ‘vendor bid’. It is often used to start an auction if no one bids, or to raise the bidding to a level that is closer to the reserve price set by the seller
  7. Show confidence. Bid in a loud, clear voice and be mindful of your body language and raise your bidder’s card high!
  8. If you are going to make the first bid, be realistic. The auctioneer has the right to refuse any bid that is not in the vendors’ interests
  9. If the property is going to pass in, make sure you are the highest or last bidder. The highest bidder is offered the first right to negotiate immediately after the auction. If no one bids, five other people could approach us immediately afterwards and you will end up in a quasi auction anyway!

For a list of our upcoming auctions click here

Breakfast Salad Bowl

19.08.20

Breakfast salad bowl

This is such a great ‘food start’ to the day. Its super quick and you could make up a batch of the rice mixture for a couple of days and just put an egg with it each morning. Feel free to interchange the veg as well, but I do like this little combination…..and I think it’s a must with some chilli sauce!

150g sugar snap peas, trimmed and halved

2 tbsps extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup (150g/5 oz) frozen corn kernels

200g (7 oz) mixed mushrooms, trimmed and halved (we used swiss brown & shiitake)

450g packet pre cooked brown rice

1 cup flat leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped

½ bunch chives, sliced

4 eggs

40g (1 ½ oz) baby spinach leaves

Micro herbs and chilli sauce, to serve 

Blanch the sugar snaps in a saucepan of boiling water over high heat for 1 minute or until tender. Drain and refresh under cold water.

Heat half the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over high heat and cook the corn and mushrooms for 6 minutes or until the corn starts to char. Add the rice to the pan and cook for a further 3 minutes or until rice is just toasted. Season with salt and pepper and stir through the parsley and chives off the heat. Divide between serving bowls and keep warm.

Add the remaining oil to the frying pan over medium heat and fry the eggs for 3-4 minutes or until the whites are set. 

Divide the sugar snaps and spinach between the rice bowls and top with a fried egg and micro herbs. Serve with chilli sauce if using.

Serves 4.

Gluten Free Recipe

Image and Styling: Kirsten Jenkins

Looking for a Road Trip Getaway?

30.07.20

With some travel restrictions in place, Sydneysiders are looking for places to visit just a little closer to home. We recently took a road trip to Orange (3.5 hours drive) to see the sights and surrounding area and thought I would share my experience.

To my surprise it was a bigger regional town that expected, with a population of over 40,000. There was plenty to do….although the common assumption was we were there to visit the wineries, but as a non-wine drinker I am here to say there is many alternatives so thank you Orange! Thankfully we discovered a local gin distillery with delicious flavour –  ‘Parrot’ Gin.

Image: Federal Falls Walk

We visited Mount Canobolas – a State Conservation Area that offers birdwatching, walking, scenic views, pretty picnic areas and a great campground. The Federal Falls Walk was stunning and the picnic area serene and peaceful. The walk around Borenore Caves was equally as enjoyable, stopping on the way at Hillside Harvest to purchase lots of local produce (apples, honey, eggs, cider, cheeses and baked goods).

Image: Federal Falls

We ate great meals at Mr Lims, Charred, Canobolas Pub, the Local Store and stayed at one of the best boutique hotels ever – The Byng Street Boutique Hotel! Everything was on point here – accommodation, comfortable and beautifully decorated room, friendly staff, the recommendations, the super tasty breakfast and the location – very handy to everything.

Image: The Byng Street Boutique Hotel

We also visited the quaint towns of Carcoar (‘Tomolly’ homeware store not to be missed) and Millthorpe (highlight was ‘Tonic restaurant’) and generally enjoyed the picturesque countryside and smiley faces of the locals.

Image : Byng Street Boutique Hotel

I am sure we will return again very soon and would definitely recommend it as a great weekend adventure! ENJOY!

Click here for a full list of fun activities when planning your trip.